The Thrill & Tragedy of Gambling Addiction
Don't be a slave to the one-armed bandit! There are few problems as destructive to a family and an individual as compulsive gambling addiction. All addictions involve some sort of escape from reality. Many gamblers get sucked into the vortex of thinking the next risk will be the one that puts everything right. As the gambler incurs heavy financial losses, they are overcome by mounting anxiety and depression, which accompanies high levels of guilt, shame, and remorse, leading to them taking yet more risks. Common sense does not apply in addictions, and the person is powerless to find a solution on their own as her or his life descends into more and more chaos. People with pathological gambling often feel ashamed and try to avoid letting others know of their problem.
Symptoms of a Gambling Problem
The American Psychiatric Association defines pathological gambling as consisting of five or more of the following symptoms. If you feel that you possess these symptoms, please give us a call for help.
- Needing to Gamble Larger Amounts of Money to Feel Excitement
- Restlessness & Irritability When Trying to Cut Back or Quit Gambling
- Gambling to Escape Problems or Feelings of Sadness or Anxiety
- Chasing Losses (Gambling Larger Amounts of Money to Try to Make Back Previous Losses)
- Preoccupation with Gambling
- Trying Unsuccessfully to Cut Back
- Lying About the Amount of Time or Money Spent Gambling
- Committing Crimes to Get Money to Gamble
- Loss of Job, Significant Relationship, or Educational or Career Opportunity Due to Gambling
- Needing to Borrow Money for Survival Due to Gambling Losses